Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Research supervision

IMES research staff supervise students across a broad spectrum of research subjects relating to the Middle East and the wider Islamic world from classical times to the present day.

Persian polymath and alchemist Jābir

The disciplinary specialisms of IMES staff include:

  • Arabic, Persian and Turkish language
  • Classical and modern literature
  • Cultural and media studies
  • Diaspora studies
  • Gender studies
  • History (late antique, Islamic, and modern)
  • Politics
  • Religious studies
  • Sociology
  • Translation studies

The supervisor's role

As a PhD student you will be assigned two supervisors (usually a primary and second supervisor). They will advise you during the course of the degree, offering advice on relevant literature and providing both oral and written feedback on your submitted drafts. MSc by Research students will also be assigned a supervisor who will advise and guide them in completing their portfolio of thirty thousand words.

Candidates develop their research skills as they pursue their research topic under the supervision of two academics.

This culminates in the submission of a dissertation of not more than 100,000 words which is read by two examiners and defended in a viva.

A doctorate is awarded if the thesis is judged to have made a definite and original contribution to the field of knowledge.

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